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24 April 2012 | Free & Cheap | By: Zoe Craig

Exhibition Preview: Kitty And The Bulldog @ The V&A

The V&A's blockbuster show, British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age has been open since the end of March. But being all about innovation (and, we guess, returning visitors), there are a few mini-shows popping up under the British Design umbrella.

One such micro-exhibition opens this week. Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain is a free, one-room show, exhibiting eight outfits recently bought in Tokyo for the V&A's permanent collections.

Kitty and the Bulldog looks at how British fashion – in particular Victoriana, Punk and Gothic – has influenced the development of Japan's "Lolita" style, a cult fashion movement with a defining preoccupation with cuteness, or "kawaii".

Any Japanophiles should get down there before January next year when this exhibition closes.

Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain runs at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7, until 27 January 2013. Entrance to the British Design 1948-2012 costs £12; members go free. Visit www.vam.ac.uk to find out more.

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I wonder if the artist Grayson Perry will be visiting this exhibition at the V and A as this particular fashion seems to mirror his own particular taste in dress.

I wonder if the fashion will creep over here from Japan and that this summer knickerbockers will be all the rage. (please no)